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I traffic 100 women to Niger Republic for N1m — Suspect






Two members of a human trafficking syndicate based in Kano State have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of women from Nigeria to Niger Republic and Libya.

The suspects–a commercial driver,  Abudulahi Umaru, and one Abubakar Suleiman, who confessed to have been paid N10,000 on each of the 100 women he trafficked to their ringleader, one Almusuru based in Niger.

They were recently tracked down by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team who rescued a victim, Nofisat Mustapha.

Our correspondent ( Eric Patrick) learnt that the traffickers recruited the women from different parts of Nigeria and send them to their counterparts in Niger Republic who later trafficked the victims to Libya for prostitution.




It was gathered that the detectives in February 2020 got intelligence about the activities of the syndicate and swung into action.

Umaru, who shuttles between Abuja and Kano, was said to have been intercepted while he was conveying Mustapha to Kano.

The native of Kadawa area of Kano State, who admitted to engaging in the crime, stated that he charged the syndicate more than double of the normal fare from Kano to Abuja.

He said, “I ply the Abuja-Kano route. I help them (the syndicate) convey their victims from Abuja to Kano State and hand them over to the agent (Suleiman) in Kano, who will facilitate their travelling to Niger Republic. I learnt they are being taken to Libya from Niger. All I care about is the money I am being paid.




“The trip from Abuja is N3,000 but I charge N7, 000 for those who are being trafficked and make N4,000 profit. They are usually women but I can’t remember the number of people I have taken to Kano.”

Suleiman told our correspondent that he was introduced into the crime sometime last year by a Nigerien identified only as Almusuru.

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